08/11/2014 06:00 pm ET Updated Aug 11, 2014

What It Was Like To Be The NYC Patient Suspected Of Having Ebola

Tests for Ebola ended up coming back negative for 27-year-old Eric Silverman, of Brooklyn, N.Y., but that wasn't until after several days of being quarantined at Mount Sinai Hospital due to Ebola-like symptoms.

Silverman talked to CBS News about what it was like to be at the heart of the scare, explaining that he had just returned from a humanitarian aid work trip to Sierra Leone -- one of the four countries currently experiencing the largest outbreak of Ebola virus in history. He was experiencing symptoms of stomach cramps, fever and headache -- which are all similar to the flu-like symptoms of the Ebola virus.

"It was surreal,” Silverman told the New York Daily News. “Even my friends didn’t believe me when I told them I was the mystery patient. They thought I was joking.”

Fortunately, Silverman did not have Ebola, and he was actually released from the hospital last week as his symptoms improved.

For more, watch the clip from CBS News above.